The intrauterine device (or IUD) is a highly effective form of birth control, lasting up to 12 years. It also has numerous other medical uses, generally related to medication administration. The initial cost of an IUD is $300 on average. It ranges from $175 to $650 for the overall procedure. The device itself costs between $100 and $400, the rest of the charge being for the procedure. There are no recurring fees unless there are complications of some kind. It is important to note that the procedure must be performed by a professional health care provider. Amateur insertions are potentially dangerous, ineffective, and unhealthy.